Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

56. Schlumberger
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 89% (Paal Kibsgaard)
> Employees: 123,000
> Revenue: $45.3 billion

According to the company: “Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide.”

Past and present employees had have generally positive reviews of oilfield services company Schlumberger, helping the company score a rating of 3.6 out of 5.0 on Glassdoor.com. Unique among most highly rated companies, on-the-job training was one of the most frequently cited aspects of working at the company that employees endorsed.

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57. Johnson & Johnson
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 89% (Alex Gorsky)
> Employees: 128,100
> Revenue: $71.3 billion

According to the company: “We embrace research and science – bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people.”

One of the world’s largest health concerns,Johnson & Johnson has over 125,000 employees at more than 270 operating companies. Despite its massive size, employees appear satisfied, citing good compensation and a healthy work-life balance. According to the company, “caring for the world, one person at a time, inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson.”

58. Whole Foods Market
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 83% (John Mackey & Walter Robb)
> Employees: 65,950
> Revenue: $12.9 billion

According to the company: “Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America’s first national ‘Certified Organic’ grocer.”

According to reviews on Glassdoor.com, current and former employees report accessible opportunities for advancement and an appreciation for the company’s healthy and conscientious culture and business model. The company has long stressed its commitment to organic food, animal welfare, and strict product standards. There are currently 386 Whole Foods stores in the U.S.

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59. Nokia
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 70% (Rajeev Suri)
> Employees: 55,244
> Revenue: $17.5 billion

According to the company: “Nokia is a leader in the fields of network infrastructure, location-based technologies and advanced technologies.”

While Nokia received an average score of 3.6 on Glassdoor.com, the company is currently undergoing significant changes. Earlier this year, Nokia sold its mobile phone and smartphone business to Microsoft. Employees have a relatively lukewarm opinion of CEO Rajeev Suri, who has just a 70% approval rating, lower than most companies on this list.

60. Northwestern Mutual
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 96% (John E. Schlifske)
> Employees: N/A
> Revenue: $25.9 billion

According to the company: “We are a more than 155-year-old mutual company serving the insurance and investment needs of more than three million clients.”

Northwestern Mutual operates as a mutual company, meaning that it has no shareholders and pays dividends to policyholders. Past and present employees have generally positive views of the company, and appear to be fans of CEO John Schlifske, who had a 96% approval rating. This was among the highest of any of the best companies to work for.

61. Marriott
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 89% (Arne Sorenson)
> Employees: 123,000
> Revenue: $2.5 billion

According to the company: “Marriott International, Inc. is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories. ”

Maryland-based Marriott manages thousands of hotels across the globe. But even with its wide reach, employees remain happy. Based on employee reviews on Glassdoor.com, Marriott has managed to offer good opportunities for those seeking career development. Great benefits are also frequently touted as one of Marriott’s strengths. According to the company, founder Bill Marriott viewed employees as the foundation of the business’ enduring success.

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62. Texas Instruments
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 71% (Rich Templeton)
> Employees: 32,209
> Revenue: $12.2 billion

According to the company: “Texas Instruments designs and manufactures analog, digital signal processing and DLP® chip technologies that help customers develop products that matter.”

Despite its strong rating, there are some common criticisms of Texas Instruments among employees.These include complaints about frequent reorganizations and layoffs, as well as a sales- and metric-driven company culture. One employee noted that TI “is a sales/revenue focused company through and through… This is no Google.”

63. FedEx
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 90% (Fred Smith)
> Employees: 256,500
> Revenue: $45.6 billion

According to the company: “FedEx Corporation provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.”

On its website, FedEx claims that it “provides a safe, diverse and rewarding environment where [its] people have opportunities to grow and succeed.” The claim appears to be sincere, as both full- and part-time employees report decent pay, good job security, and positive overall experiences. CEO Fred Smith is also relatively popular, with a 90% approval rating.

64. Ford Motor
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 88% (Mark Fields)
> Employees: 181,000
> Revenue: $146.9 billion

According to the company: “Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents.”

. Ford concedes that founder Henry Ford opposed unionization and that the company’s union relations had a tumultuous start. Relations between Ford and workers today are much better. Workers have largely positive comments about the company, in particular citing excellent pay and great benefits. Ford had roughly 181,000 employees at the end of 2013. Most of the automaker’s U.S. plants and offices are located in Michigan, Ohio, and other states around what is typically considered the Rust Belt.

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65. BP
> Glassdoor rating: 3.6
> CEO rating: 86% (Robert Dudley)
> Employees: 79,600
> Revenue: $379.6 billion

According to the company: “We provide customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging”

Despite garnering negative attention in 2010 when one of its oil rigs exploded, spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP employees are generally happy with their jobs. BP received an average rating of 3.6 on Glassdoor.com, and 86% of employees approved of CEO Robert Dudley’s leadership. Not all reviews were positive, however. Many workers complained of the bureaucracy that accompanies a business with roughly 80,000 employees.

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